What NOT to feed your dog at Thanksgiving!

Holiday chaos is just around the corner. Friends, relatives, company, lots of activity in kitchens all across America. Keeping your dog safe and healthy during all the festivities and should be kept “top of mind”. It’s no fun to have to drop everything and take a trip to the vets office, not to mention expensive and scary. It’s only natural to want your pet share in the joy, and maybe give her a nibble of this and a taste of that. But…….. some foods should definitely NOT be given to your furry friend.
  • Turkey skin, drippings and gravy. These are all loaded with fat, plus can hold any seasonings or spices. High fat foods can lead to pancreatitis and an emergency trip to the vets office. Symptoms include vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea and lethargy.
  • Cooked bones. These can splinter and cause a lot of issues internally while your dog is trying to digest. Make sure you carefully dispose of turkey bones so your dog isn’t tempted to raid the garbage can in search of something good to eat.
  • dog-thanksgiving-turkey-1Onions and garlic. Both of these are toxic to dogs, with onions having a higher toxicity level. Cooking does NOT reduce toxic levels.
  • Nuts. Specifically, walnuts and macadamia nuts. Can lead to vomiting, weakness, tremors and increased heart rate.
  • Raisins, grapes. Extremely toxic for dogs. Causes liver failure which can lead to death.
  • Alcohol, caffeine. Dog’s kidney’s are not meant to filter the alcohol found in beer, wine or hard liquor. Can be fatal for dogs, depending on the ingested amount.
  • Nutmeg. Can cause seizures and major issues with central nervous system.
  • Cranberries. High sugar content, not good for you fur baby.
So, what CAN you feed your pet to include him/her in the Thanksgiving Day feast?? Well cooked turkey meat; plain, unseasoned sweet potatoes and pumpkin; raw carrots, broccoli and even a few of those green beans you’re using for the casserole (just NO mushroom soup or onion topping). They may enjoy some sweet, baby peas, blueberries, raspberries or banana.
It’s also very important to advise your guests NOT to feed your dog from the table, especially children. Or, put your dog in another room while dinner is being served. People naturally want to give your pet a “little taste”, so make it very clear that you prefer to feed your dog his own food, that you have his/her best interests at heart and you want to keep her healthy throughout the holiday season. Lastly, if you want to indulge your pet, try some treats from Canine Cupcakes! Safe, healthy, nutritious and a great way to say “I love you” and Happy Thanksgiving!

Author: Patricia Stanley

Patricia is an avid dog lover living near Tampa, FL after moving there from the Pacific Northwest! She was the proud parent of a Doberman (Kaz) before losing him to cancer. Patricia is still a mommy to a Lab mix (Murphy) who is 13 and serves as her “taste tester” for homemade dog treats. She worked in the newspaper industry for years before running a self-serve dog wash, boutique, and “barkery”. Also, Patricia supports animal abuse legislation and all groups helping dogs. She and Murphy are both very happy to be a part of Canine Cupcakes, as they are passionate about products made in the USA.

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